map making in snow / 極寒の地で地図を作った人

January 15, 2010

1957Canada001

5 June 1957, Canada
David Thompson (1770-1857)
design: George Arthur Gundersen
engrave: Yves Baril

There is no sign of spring here in London yet.  The car is covered with frost and it takes extra time to get to work in the morning.

I watched a TV program on David Thompson recently, an English man who lived in Canada and dedicated his life to map making of North Canada.  He learnt a lot from his wife, a native American, and members of her family – how to survive in severe climate.  I like this stamp, as it pictures the atmosphere of cold Canada and this committed man.

ここ数週間ロンドンでは寒い日が続き、出勤前に凍った車のフロントガラスを溶かすのが日課になっています。

少し前にテレビで観た『カナダ地図を作った人』が描かれた切手を見つけました。エスキモーの女性と結婚し、彼女やその家族から極寒のカナダを旅する知恵を学び、地理観測に生涯を費やしたイギリス人。彼の没後100年を記念したこの切手からは寒いカナダの雰囲気と彼の苦労が伝わってきます。

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